Welcome to my stop on the tour for Alice by: K.L. Loveley. See below for an excerpt of this fabulous book. Afterwards, be sure to enter the giveway. Seriously, this giveaway is AWESOME!! Good luck! 🙂
Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.
When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.
Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…
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It was good to be in the company of her friends, but soon it was time to wish them all goodnight and head off home. That night as she tossed and turned in bed; all she could think about was the pain of betrayal which was striking deep into her heart like a physical blow. She tried to close her eyes, but sleep eluded her. A million thoughts turned around and round in her head, a mix of emotions tumbled around in the pit of her stomach, anger, pain and abandonment. Alice knew she needed a good dose of self-confidence to lift her back up so she could begin the next chapter of her life. She was aware that she could be considered by some as a good catch. She owned her own home, had a very good job with a comfortable pension and her own car. She was aware that she was a little underweight but could still look good in the right clothes.
Disapproving of her brother’s behavior, her sister in law had arranged a day of pampering shortly after her brother had moved out of the family home. Alice’s long hair was in a terrible unhealthy condition and had been falling out due to the stress of her marriage break up. She looked like an extra in the lion king with an unruly mane.
It was a rash decision, but at the time nothing really mattered except her two children and getting through the next day, so she had her hair cut off and shaped into a very short spiky style which was apparently fashionable, something which Alice had totally lost touch with. The first time she saw her reflection, Alice was horrified, her thin stressed face, framed by a short crop of dull, lifeless hair, reminded her of the lovely ladies she had met at the hospice who were on chemotherapy. Her heart sank deeper and deeper. Observing her mum’s low mood. Anne Marie decided to help her mum to choose some new outfits to match this short, trendy elfin like mum. So one Saturday morning they caught the train to London. The two-hour train journey was a nice break from driving. Anne Marie was wonderful company and Alice loved her dearly, so very soon she was relaxed and enjoying herself. When they arrived in London it was raining, but nothing was going to spoil this day as mother and daughter made their way to Oxford Street with one mission in mind: to create a new look for Alice. Anne Marie tried to steer her mum away from the slightly bohemian style clothes that she generally chose, which, although suited her and gave Alice the appearance of a mother, was not the image needed to begin the next journey of her life. Eventually, with a lot of help from her daughter, Alice agreed to purchase a collection of trendy but sophisticated items.
She purchased a variety of silk blouses and shirts, stylish cashmere sweaters and fine lacy underwear. Instead of the usual ankle length flowing skirts she chose a variety of well-tailored pencil skirts and court shoes with seductive kitten heels. Anne Marie suggested her mum would need a few accessories instead
of her usual long beads and coloured bracelets, so off they went to search out the markets. First stop was at Camden Lock market which was buzzing with locals and tourists, then they went to Notting Hill and finally back to Oxford Street. Exhausted, they finally sat down to eat before catching the tube from Oxford Circus back to St Pancras. They boarded the train happy and exhilarated from a wonderful day in the city. Alice went home with a warm feeling of hope enveloping her whole body like a comfort blanket, Anne Marie was satisfied her truly wonderful mum had made the transition she needed and was proud of herself for being the catalyst in this transformation.
With her new look and a few tips from her friends, it wasn’t long before she was being wined and dined by a number of would-be suitors. This, of course, boosted her confidence, which had taken a battering when her husband had swapped her for a younger model. Alice enjoyed the attention and like a flower she began to blossom. When before she had felt like a flower trapped by weeds, strangled and choked, now she stood proud and radiant. Alice began to gain weight, she learned how to arrange her hair so that it flattered her fine elfin features, and she began to apply little make up and a new fragrance. No longer the wallflower, she was developing into a strong, confident woman once more.
Already well educated and a registered nurse, Alice decided to further her education. She had studied for a qualification in science and literature after qualifying as a nurse and always enjoyed studying, so she decided to enroll on an Open University degree course to study biological science.
Always interested in a variety of scientific subjects, she began her foundation year by choosing physics, chemistry, biology and earth science. This involved a lot of dedicated study time, leaving no room to feel sorry for herself. Looking after Mathew and Anne Marie, working full-time and studying for a degree soon filled every moment of her life. Once a month she went to the local university, met other students and attended lectures. What a wonderful week of summer school that had been in her first year of study. Meeting new friends, attending fascinating lectures with hands on experience in the laboratories left Alice with a thirst for knowledge which was to remain with her forever.
K.L Loveley is a contemporary fiction author from Nottinghamshire, who writes gritty, realistic novels which tackle medical and social issues.
The author has enjoyed a successful 47-year nursing career with the NHS, during which she acquired vast skills. She has transferred her medical knowledge, and incorporated her excellent human observation skills into writing interesting stories about people affected by social and medical issues.
Her debut novel, ‘Alice’ tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.
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